FROM THE FIELD

From Iraq to Syria – Part 1

Despite the bloody conflicts roiling across both, my military flight from Iraq to northern Syria was a routine affair. I was traveling into Syria with three goals in mind: to meet with the US Army Civil Affairs teams, assess the humanitarian situation on the ground, and explore assistance projects that would help ease the suffering … Continued

Return to Baghdad

Earlier this year I wrote an update about the incredibly heroic efforts of the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) in the outlying areas of Mosul. CTS is a primary US partner in the coalition against ISIS and, coincidentally, a force I advised some years ago. A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to … Continued

Showcasing American Goodwill in Tajikistan

For an American, Panjakent is not an easy destination to reach, nor—to be frank—is it so simple to pinpoint on a map. As with any worthy place or thing, the remote town of 33,000 in northwest Tajikistan rightly requires the extra effort. Earlier this month, I joined a US Army Civil Affairs team on the … Continued

Update: Today’s SoA-funded 5k race in Estonia with US Army

Spirit of America is proud to have the opportunity to donate outdoor gym equipment and sponsor a 5K race in Sillamäe, Estonia this weekend. This great event, made possible through cooperation with the US Embassy, US Army Civil Affairs team and city of Sillamäe, honored Estonian veterans and brought together the local community, and soldiers from … Continued